South Africa U19 batsman Jonathan Bird has been called up to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad for the trip to play the Imperial Lions in a Momentum One Day Cup clash in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Despite the SA U19 team enduring a disappointing campaign in the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup, finishing 8th in the tournament, Bird impressed with some hard-hitting at the start of the innings and Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is keen to see what he can bring to the Cobras setup.

“He’s obviously an attacking batsman and bowls quite handy chinaman, which adds quite a bit of versatility to the squad. The fact that he’s a left-handed batsman also counts in his favour as we currently only have George Linde in our top 7 who’s a lefty.”

Bird joins fellow graduates from the Western Province youth structures and WP Senior Provincial team, Thando Ntini and Mihlali Mpongwana in Prince’s squad, and the Cobras mentor is happy to see some exciting talent stepping up, with more young talent on their way up.

“We’re also quite excited about another one of our promising youngsters coming through our junior provincial and national teams, with Jono, Thando, Mihlali all having represented SA U19 over the last 24 months, as well as Ruan Terblanche (Boland) and Jean du Plessis (SWD).”

The match at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom starts at 10h00 on Sunday.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt, Aviwe Mgijima, Kyle Verreynne, Jason Smith, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Janneman Malan, Mihlali Mpongwana, Thando Ntini, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Dane Paterson, Nandre Burger, Jonathan Bird.